SBIR-STTR Award

A Portable Multifunctional Additive CFRP Composite Repair System with High-performance Strength Recovery
Award last edited on: 8/22/2022

Sponsored Program
SBIR
Awarding Agency
DOD : Navy
Total Award Amount
$139,986
Award Phase
1
Solicitation Topic Code
N212-115
Principal Investigator
Je Kyun Lee

Company Information

Optowares Incorporated

15 Presidential Way
Woburn, MA 01801
   (781) 465-2623
   info@optowares.com
   www.optowares.com
Location: Single
Congr. District: 05
County: Middlesex

Phase I

Contract Number: N68335-21-C-0874
Start Date: 9/29/2021    Completed: 4/5/2022
Phase I year
2021
Phase I Amount
$139,986
The Navy seeks a novel additive fiber reinforced composite repair system for aircraft. In this program, Optowares Inc., in collaboration with Professor Amir Asadi at Texas A&M University, proposes to develop a new portable multifunctional 3D printed composite repair system that return part strength to original value through the automated deposition of thermosetting epoxy polymer and nanoadditives-coated continuous carbon fiber reinforcements (CFR) composites. The team proposes to integrate non-destructive 3D damage detector and the conventional grinding tool into the robotic arm-based 3D printer to form the portable multifunctional 3D printing system. The proposed novel nanoadditives-coated continuous CFR epoxy composite repair system will demonstrate higher fiber volume contents, higher mechanical properties at drying and wet conditions, lower curing temperature and faster curing times, and a wet Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) of higher than 110°C. Also, the resultant composite repair system will offer the combination of fast repairing period, minimum operating persons, and low porosity content as well as the well-balanced nanoadditives-coated continuous CF and thermosetting polymer composite properties. During Phase I, we will demonstrate the feasibility of the development of our proposed portable multifunctional 3D printer and nanoadditives-coated continuous CFR epoxy composite repair system to fully satisfy the Navy requirements.

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